Tulane's first home game since Katrina in Superdome

NEW ORLEANS -- Tulane, which played all 11 of its 2005 games
on the road thanks to Hurricane Katrina, will return to the
Superdome in New Orleans on Saturday, Sept. 30, in the first of
five 2006 home games in the schedule.

The Green Wave plays Conference USA rival SMU -- one of four
schools which played host to Tulane teams last fall -- in Tulane's
first "true" home game since the storm.

Tulane's other home games are Rice (Oct. 7), Southern Miss (Nov.
11) and Central Florida (Nov. 18) in the Louisiana Superdome, along
with non-conference visitor Army (Oct. 28).

Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson said Friday that the new
schedule takes into account work being done to repair the
hurricane-damaged Superdome.

Tulane opens the 2006 season Sept. 9 at Houston in the first of
three straight September road games.

One week later, the Green Wave will play Mississippi State in
Starkville, Miss. before renewing its series with longtime in-state
rival LSU on Sept. 23 in Baton Rouge.

"It will be a challenge for our team to open with three
straight road games, but if that means we're back in our home
stadium for the last two months of the season, it will be worth the
wait," Dickson said.

Tulane and LSU announced last summer that the teams will play a
10-game home and home series beginning in 2006. Tulane has played
the Tigers more than any other team in its history.

After back-to-back home games against SMU and Rice, Tulane will
travel to Texas-El Paso Oct. 14 before facing its third
Southeastern Conference opponent of the season in a game at Auburn
Oct. 21.